Quick and friendly piece of advice NBC. You and anyone else creating Twitter accounts that don’t do anything will likely see problems down the road.
Creating URLs simply to have links is a no no. Do you have something to distribute with this?
If you do have stuff, then Twitter away. If not, you are being shortsighted.
Unused social profiles and pages are just a new way of saying “reciprocal links”,”link schemes” and “bad neighborhoods”.
Valueless pages are valueless pages.
Hopefully NBC will back their Twitter pages with valuable content, and I bet they will (they are pretty savvy over there). If they do I would congratulate them and Twitter both. Here is the The Office on Twitter.
Can Twitter can become a defacto mobile rss for large properties like NBC?
I bet Twitter would like that.
In any case, it is important to remember that a social media campaign is more than a link on a social site. Creating social pages and not doing anything with them won’t just get you in trouble by search engines, but (vastly more importantly) it will also give you a bad name with the people you are trying to interact with.
Social media campaigns, particularly for media content providers, need to have a few things in order to work.
One: Have a plan of action.
Two: Interact with or actually use the social site.
Three: Get your content out there. Let the people know. (This step is worthless, and in fact damaging, if you are not doing step number one.)
Oh and NBC, don’t get mad at me, your Office Twitter page has doubled it’s followers since I wrote this article
Update: Warren commented below and and highlighted his article, which is excellent and goes a bit deeper than I did by providing examples of companies using Twitter well, in addition to those who are not.